Sucrose Invitation Suite
The amazing photographs of sugar crystals in this set were taken using polarized light microscopy. Polarized light microscopy is a technique used to evaluate the composition and 3-dimensional structure of certain substances, including thin sections of rock, minerals, biological specimens, and crystals. The incoming polarized light is split into two rays by the material under the microscope. The different wavelengths of light (color) in the two rays travel at different speeds through the crystals. When the light rays are reunited, the result is a brightly colored image. The sucrose image in this set can be swapped for images from other crystals like citric acid, caffeine, or Vitamin C.